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Driving

Price (on the road)

Β£18,795-Β£33,525

Target Price (cash)

Β£17,450-Β£33,285

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What Car?'s option recommendations

  • Metallic paint

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Contract Hire Leasing Rates

Β£193.65-Β£486.68/month

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Engines

1.6 i-DTEC
It’s not the most efficient engine in its class, according to official figures, but it’s not too far off and came out top in the family car sector in our True MPG real-world fuel economy tests. Refinement isn’t great, with a bit too much din when you put your foot down, and the power band is rather narrow.
2.0 VTEC Turbo
This is exclusively for the hot Civic Type R. While 316bhp is not class-leading, and neither is the 0-62mph sprint of 5.7sec, don’t for a second think that the Civic Type R’s a slouch. The standard limited-slip differential does a top job of putting the power down, even if being front-wheel drive means it’s a tad slower off the mark than four-wheel-drive rivals. The six-speed manual gearbox is blessed with one of the sweetest changes going.
1.5 VTEC Turbo
The 1.5-litre engine is, unsurprisingly, faster than the 1.0 and has more low-down pulling power – although it doesn’t actually feel drastically quicker on the road. Given that it’s also quite a bit less efficient, we wouldn’t bother spending the extra.
Our pick
1.0 VTEC Turbo
The 127bhp petrol engine is all you really need; it delivers perfectly adequate acceleration from low revs and will complete the 0-60mph dash in a respectable 10.5sec.

Miles per gallon

Official fuel economy figure

36.7-80.7 mpg

CO2 Emissions

Official emissions rating

106-93 g/km

VED Tax band

How much will it cost you?

F-F

Boot capacity

How much space is there?

1267 litres

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